Dot Lischick, World Arena & Pikes Peak Center

Dot Lischick drove through Colorado Springs on a vacation and thought, “Wow, this is a great place. I could really enjoy living here.” She went home and there was a message on her answering machine about a job opening in Colorado Springs. “It was cosmic,” she says, still amazed 15 years later.

Lischick took the job as the first employee of the World Arena. “I got to go through the entire design and construction of the building.” Now Lischick is the general manager of both the World Arena, the premier sports and entertainment venue in the region, and the Pikes Peak Center theatre.

As the boss, Lischick makes sure everything runs smoothly for both talent and fans for such varied events as the Colorado Spring Philharmonic, Blue Man Group and hockey teams. The food has to be tasty, the venues safe, seats filled.

“I like when the lights go down and the artist takes the stage and you hear that roar. I can say to myself ‘I had a little something to do with that.’ Each venue and each event has its own personality,” she says. Diplomatically, she declines to name favorite acts.

“I truly enjoy what I do. There is never a dull day,” she says. Lischick has to constantly adapt to the changes in her industry. “We aren’t what we were when we first opened and we won’t be the same tomorrow as we are today.”

She is making a difference for Colorado Springs. “We are creating good memories. And, we play a civic role. We host about 20 graduation ceremonies a year. Colorado Springs should be proud of the facility,” she says. She is also on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce in Colorado Springs and an officer and major force in the International Association of Venue Managers.

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Lischick has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from William Patterson University and a master’s degree in counseling from Trenton State College, now called The College of New Jersey.